James Bond movie delayed to November over Coronavirus fears
The Coronavirus is now affecting the film industry in its first major way
No Time To Die, the upcoming James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as 007, has had its global release date delayed by seven months, from April to November 25, due to Coronavirus. No Time To Die is the 25th canonical Bond film.
The Bond films have traditionally been popular around the world, and often have a global release date. And with the Coronavirus outbreak going on worldwide, the film’s producers and distributors have made the decision to push back the release.
The delay actually came due to pressure from fans of the Bond series, as a popular fan blog called MI-6 HQ had issued an open letter calling for the delay. The letter, though, had called for a delay to the summer.
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Every 007 movie since Daniel Craig took over the role with 2006’s Casino Royale has been released in November, and all of the Pierce Brosnan Bond films came out in November as well, with the exception of the December release of 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies.
No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s fifth time playing Bond, and is widely expected to be the last. It also comes after a rare five-year gap since 2015’s SPECTRE.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die is set to star Rami Malek as the villain, along with new characters played by Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas. In addition to Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes return from previous Bond movies.
Fukunaga is one of four credited writers; one of the others is Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.